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    Littlebean
    The Knitters Thread
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    • 1st Oct 07, 5:55 AM
    The Knitters Thread 1st Oct 07 at 5:55 AM
    Following on from the recent thread about handknitting it is apparent that many of us OS'ers are also keen knitters. The idea of this thread is to give us a place to post comments/suggestions, to be able to chat about our current work in progress (WIP), share patterns/tips/tricks, and post pictures of our completed work (I'm nosy and love seeing piccies ).

    I'll get the ball rolling: I've now finished knitting the sweater that sparked the original post. Now I've remembered just how much I disliked making up the finished garment -definately the worst part of knitting. I've managed to pick up and knit around the neck and I've done the collar, but now I have to work out how to set in the sleeves - hmmmmmm. Any suggestions/tips would be gratefully received. I've never knitted a sweater with shaped armholes before - having stuck to straight seams - but having splurged on the yarn I really want the finished product to look nice.
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    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 17th May 17, 7:45 PM
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    nursemaggie
    I learned to knit at the age of 4. My aunt taught me a completely different method to what my mum used. My aunt only stayed with us for one week so I must have learned fast.

    If you get her started she will soon find out how long it takes. When my teacher started teaching me she realised knitting squares was not for me so she taught me to use DPNs. I then spent the next two years kitting nothing but gloves for my extended family and a few friends of mums too I think.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 17th May 17, 8:13 PM
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    I think that is impressive nursemaggie. To learn to knit in a week at the age of 4 must be some sort of record. I don't know how old I was when I was started on the dishcloths but I do remember sitting up in bed and knitting when I was recovering from measles, so I must have been 5 or 6.
    Funnily enough I don't remember knitting anything else between the dishcloths and knitting myself a jumper when I was about 14. Presumably I must have progressed in the intervening years.

    I taught lots of children to knit and to crochet, although my crochet skills are bit dodgy to say the least. I think it is incredibly important to teach children these crafts. One little girl, who was very academic and very pressured by her parents, was extremely tense and stressed. I taught her to crochet, just a granny square and she loved it. This granny square grew and grew as she sat in lessons crocheting like mad. As it grew she relaxed more and more and the staff said that they could watch all the tension leaving her. They also said that if she went on much longer they would be able to carpet the classroom with her granny square.. I wonder if she is now some high powered executive and still crocheting granny squares.
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    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 17th May 17, 10:12 PM
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    THIRZAH
    My DD2 was very academic and gets very stressed .She took up lace making in her teens and now crochets. I've always tried to encourage her with craft work as it does seem to reduce her stress levels.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 18th May 17, 3:44 PM
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    My granddaughter, aged 4, is desperate to learn to knit. Now I have been bitten by this before, trying to teach small children at school to knit. I don't suppose it is part of the curriculum these days. If it ever was! It scarred me for ever. However, I'm about to cave in, against my better judgement. To add to the mix she is left handed.

    I was wondering if the continental style of knitting would be easier for her. It's something that I've never done so I would have to learn first.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Age 4 is possibly a bit young, but the continental style is supposed to be better for left-handed knitters. I have tried it but, being right-handed, just can't get the hang of it! You can get shorter, fatter needles that would suit a young child's smaller hands, and wooden ones might be better as the stitches don't slip off quite so easily. I'm also wondering if crochet might be easier for now?

    Have you thought of starting her off with an old fashioned Knitting Nancy?
    Originally posted by anakat
    Good idea.

    I too remember learning to knit at school when I was about 6 years old - a red scarf with white tassles for teddy. Oh how I hated it! It never seemed to "grow" and I would pull the work in an effort to stretch it, all to no avail. Also, a jumper when I was about 13 or 14 that turned out well (with help from DM to sew up). Strange, I don't remember doing anything else inbetween! Now in my late 60s, I'm hardly ever without some knitting project on the needles, usually in the evenings while watching TV, so I must have persevered and improved over the years!
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    • carlislelass
    • By carlislelass 18th May 17, 6:01 PM
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    Gran taught me to knit when I was 5, 60 yrs later I still can't crochet
    • kittie
    • By kittie 28th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    kittie
    my knitting mojo is back!! It always comes back when the allotment is settled and fully planted, I have only got routine weeding and path maintenance for now.

    Afterlight, goodness me it took forever to get the last sleeve done, it just sat on my trolley next to me for weeks. I finished it two days ago, machine washed and patted it down to dry and tried it on. It is fab, such a lovely slinky drapey style. I made the sleeves shorter than stated for my size and I was worried that they looked too wide but the wideness disappears because of bending my arms, they finish just below elbow length. I didn`t do the fussy mattress stitch for joining, no point, it isn`t for sale, I just whizzed up and down the seams in an evening. I did make some alterations ie I started the v neck at a higher point, because of the drapeyness. It really is a flattering top and perfect for summer or with a ls t shirt for more seasons. I dithered about what to make next but have started another afterlight, this one will be 10 rows shorter in the body and the body length is already the shorter one and not the one allocated to my bust size
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afterlight

    I am also going to repeat a top I made two years ago from home spun blend, It was silk and seacell and is a gorgeous rich flattering golden yellow and is another top that drapes and hides my straps. This one is quite short but tbh it suits me so well. I don`t think it took long to make and I have two home spun drapey blends ready for another two. It was a free download and one I am going to print again and store carefully as it is so nice to make and wear. I have some more top quality 500g fibres in boxes, generally silk/lyocell/cashmere, that type. They ranged from £19 to £37 and that makes me all the more keen to keep spinning. The silk seacell

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaf-top
    Last edited by kittie; 28-05-2017 at 11:42 AM.
    • hiddenshadow
    • By hiddenshadow 28th May 17, 11:47 AM
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    Those patterns both look lovely.

    You're inspiring me with the leaf top / homespun combination. I'm not ready to spin silk yet but need to practice to get better.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 28th May 17, 7:32 PM
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    kittie
    one thing leads to another. Seeing how much the fibres have gone up in price, I ordered a few more blends as they keep indefinitely, luxurious blends and then I decided that I needed a couple of multi coloured summer skirts to go with my lovely tops. Dived into my fabric stash and am happy to report that I have three good lengths for skirts. Bliss, keeps me occupied with radio on
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 30th May 17, 8:50 AM
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    mrs-moneypenny
    Morning all
    Hope everyone is well
    I'm currently knitting a blanket and bootees for people at work who are expecting.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 1st Jun 17, 6:56 AM
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    kittie
    I do like having a project. I was so shattered yesterday after doing the allotment and making scones, was so thankful that I could sink into my recliner with my knitting, with the radio on. This is why I now use circular needles, just one to go back and forth, instead of my long straight needles. I can keep my hands low and don`t get any aches that way. I am 1/4 through afterlight number two, almost finished the back and working with confidence, knowing that it will be a nice useful top for year round. I love this, going from active physical to quiet productive
    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 1st Jun 17, 7:20 AM
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    THIRZAH
    I'm off to buy wool today. My DD had a baby girl last night -quite small and she is likely to be in hospital for about a month ,we think but I want to start knitting.
    • hiddenshadow
    • By hiddenshadow 1st Jun 17, 8:29 AM
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    Congratulations Thirzah. I hope your granddaughter grows quickly and can get out of hospital soon.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 2nd Jun 17, 7:51 AM
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    kittie
    Ahhhh, a new baby, congratulations grandma Thirzah

    Just have 18 rows to do before the shoulder decreases and the back will be finished. Its fine yarn and I just can`t stop, even when my shoulder aches. Trouble is that if I put it down then I slowly forget to pick it up, even if on a trolley next to me. Blimey it will only have taken five days. I am having to put a forward facing fan on me in the evenings at the moment. As soon as I stopped knitting last night, I fell asleep in my chair, doh, that is not what I want. Think I`ll get changed for bed before I start knitting this evening
    • misty6
    • By misty6 12th Jun 17, 11:33 PM
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    misty6
    Help please!
    Hello knitters - me again I hope you don't mind if I pick your brains again.


    I'm knitting some bootees and have some instructions that I'm not sure about:


    Row 5: P1, P2tog, P4, yf, K1, yrn, P4, P2tog, P1.


    My question is, what is the difference between yf and yrn? The magazine says they stand for yarn forward and yarn round needle respectively. I do understand that they make new stitches to compensate for the two P2togs. Just not sure how to do them.


    Also while I'm here I started off with 39 stitches and it said K27, turn, K15. I just didn't knit the last 12 stitches and turned round and have just been working on the middle 15 stitches back and forth. Is this ok? The other stitches are still on the needles but not being worked - I haven't cast them off because it didn't say to.


    I was looking on youtube but have got a bit confused!!


    Thank you
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    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 13th Jun 17, 12:37 AM
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    Hi Misty. the difference is just where your yarn is, when you do, yarn on needle it is when your yarn is at the front and you are going to knit and yarn round needles is when your yarn is at the back and you are going to purl. Just do what it says and it will be OK.

    Don't worry about the other stitches you will be picking them up again when you have finished the top of the bootie. They are a lot simpler than turning heels on a pair of socks.
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 13th Jun 17, 1:33 PM
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    lynseydee
    Hello knitters - me again I hope you don't mind if I pick your brains again.


    I'm knitting some bootees and have some instructions that I'm not sure about:


    Row 5: P1, P2tog, P4, yf, K1, yrn, P4, P2tog, P1.


    My question is, what is the difference between yf and yrn? The magazine says they stand for yarn forward and yarn round needle respectively. I do understand that they make new stitches to compensate for the two P2togs. Just not sure how to do them.


    Also while I'm here I started off with 39 stitches and it said K27, turn, K15. I just didn't knit the last 12 stitches and turned round and have just been working on the middle 15 stitches back and forth. Is this ok? The other stitches are still on the needles but not being worked - I haven't cast them off because it didn't say to.


    I was looking on youtube but have got a bit confused!!


    Thank you
    Originally posted by misty6
    Hi Misty

    Yarn forward is when you're doing a knit stitch you bring the yarn to the front as if you were going to purl but instead you carry on knitting and this then makes a new stitch. The yarn round needle is where you wind the yarn around the needle whilst purling and carry on with the purl stitch. Hope this makes sense
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    • misty6
    • By misty6 14th Jun 17, 12:37 AM
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    Thank you nursemaggie and lynseydee for your advice. I'm going to have another go at it tomorrow
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    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 2nd Aug 17, 3:02 PM
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    I have found my knitting Mojo! it seems the knowledge of the hitch hiker growing in side me has spurred me on!

    I am currently knitting a newborn cable hooded cardi and hope to make a few items in different sizes over the next few months! My wool stash is looking very sparse, I have been knitting out of my stash since New years day 2016 and it's almost gone hoping when my ban lifts to buy wool for projects rather then just because I need it

    What is everyone else knitting?

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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 2nd Aug 17, 3:05 PM
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    I'm on a hitchhiker for myself, in ruby coloured silk, and the first of the xmas socks.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Aug 17, 7:19 AM
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    kittie
    oooo goody, the knitting thread is back for autumn

    I bought a load of audible books in 2013/14 and have just found them again. I could not be bothered after my husband died, too much to do but maybe now I am pacing myself better. What bliss, I am managing a couple of shortish knitting sessions in the evening and listening to a book being read to me, philomena this time

    I know there are spinners out there, can we talk about spinning too? Another all engrossing hobby, I can spin faster than I can knit, so I had to put spinning on hold since last winter. I won`t be re-starting until colder weather but it is worth learning, even if for better sleep patterns, the rhythmn sets the brain into calmness and sleep follows easily

    I am still on afterlight 2, the last sleeve, lots of rows but I had to rip that sleeve out as I had forgotten about alterations to sleeve 1 which I need to duplicate. Just a little closer at the sleeve opening but it meant changing increase rows. It is very silky to work on, the yarn slips nicely on the metal circulars

    Ahhh Maryb a new hitchiker, how lovely. Small garments are so satisfying

    The yarn stash remains huge and the stash of spinning fibre is even bigger, no spends for me for years but lovely to have the stashes and the blends of fibres from world of wool are still in their safe see through close packaging, so I can look and admire and plan
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